[vcf-midatlantic] Moving forward

Jeffrey Brace jeffrey at vcfed.org
Wed Nov 11 14:52:51 EST 2020

On Wed, Nov 11, 2020 at 2:12 PM Peter Fletcher via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> These sorts of discussions are why many of us aren’t more actively
> involved. I enjoy showing up at VCF East and having an exhibit, but life is
> complicated enough to see this sort of infighting every few months.
> Evan did great things and the steering committee does great things.  I’ll
> stick to showing up once a year for VCF East and start muting these threads
> for my own sanity.

Hey Pete,

Sorry to hear that you are feeling that way. I can totally empathize with
your feelings. I would ask you to keep in mind that discussions like these
are not representative of everything that happens in our group. I'd like to
think of us as a family. Families fight sometimes, have hurt feelings, hold
resentments, etc. But families also have a lot of positive things like
friendship, camaraderie, similar interests, vintage computer fun!

I invite you to not give up on going to other events, especially Festivus
which is our "most fun" event. Also come to our repair workshops. From
going to these events you can see more of the positive side of our members.

In any case, I applaud you telling us your feelings. I would much rather
know someone's feelings whatever they are, than to not know and wonder. At
least if we know, then we can at least try to address the situation.


> -Pete
> > On Nov 11, 2020, at 8:59 AM, Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> >
> >
> > From: Evan Koblentz <evan at snarc.net>
> > Subject: Re: [vcf-midatlantic] Moving forward
> > Date: November 11, 2020 at 8:59:28 AM EST
> > To: vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org>
> >
> >
> > What I see is a bunch of my so-called "friends" jumping on a vigilante
> bandwagon, as if the group was going nowhere or must "recover" because my
> leadership held it back.
> >
> > Fifteen years spent building the collection, the museum, East, pushing
> forward the return of West, building amazing relationships with ACM, Bell
> Labs, Babbage Institute, CHM, IEEE, and all of the other collector/hobbyist
> groups, winning awards at NYC Maker Faire, growing the budget from zero to
> $50,000/year ... how easily we forget.
> >
> > Corey said it best when I resigned back in December: the group, the
> museum, and VCF East all likely would not exist if not for me.
> >
> > Yet hear you all are trampling on my grave and threatening to kick me
> out.
> >
> > Apple without Steve Jobs is nothing special.
> >
> >
> >

Jeff Brace
Vice President & Board Member
Vintage Computer Festival East Show-runner
Vintage Computer Federation is a 501c3 charity
jeffrey at vcfed.org
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